Abdominal Awakening Video: Core Yoga Practice

Abdominal Awakening Video: Core Yoga Practice

This is a short (10 minute) core focused yoga video. These exercises are a small sampling of the work we do in my Abdominal Awakening workshop. Details on how to register for the next session are available below the video. I hope you enjoy it! 2 Workshops For the New Year with Mado Saturday, January 4th You can register for either one of these workshops independently, or come to both for a discounted rate. ABDOMINAL AWAKENING 2:00-4:00pm Learn a series of extraordinarily deep abdominal exercises that will strengthen you from the inside out helping to penetrate weak muscle fibers, awaken sluggish organs, stretch scar tissue, and cultivate vibrancy throughout your nervous system. Core integration significantly enhances your yoga practice, noticeably sharpening the quality of your inversions and backbends. It is a safe and transformative class for those dealing with specific core injuries and is a challenge for all levels from newcomers to teachers. You will leave class rooted in the radiant support of your integrated core. INVERSIONS DEMYSTIFIED 4:30-6:30pm For all levels of yoga students and teachers who wish to take on the challenge of inversions. Whether you love inversions or fear them, this workshop will increase your confidence doing, teaching, and assisting these powerful poses. You will work at your own pace, skill, and comfort level to break inversions down into their basic components and put them back together in ways that help your body make sense of them. Learn: Strategies for dealing with fear and anxiety about inversions. How to strengthen your body and train your muscles to invert with ease. How to figure out who should...
Mado’s top 4 tips for getting the most out of your hip openers.

Mado’s top 4 tips for getting the most out of your hip openers.

Since most of us spend a lot of our days sitting, ‘hip openers’ have become a popular focus of yoga classes, videos, and workshops. However, our sedentary hips become weak as well as tight and a thoughtful, balanced approach is necessary to keep this large and stable joint healthy and functional.  Read on for my advice on how to get the most out of your hip openers. #1 Listen to your low back Your hips are the joint that connects your legs to your pelvis. Many of the muscles that move your hips affect the tilt of your pelvis. If those muscles become imbalanced, they often pull your low back into an overly rounded position, an overly arched position, or sometimes both at once! Therefore, the health & wellbeing of your low back is directly connected to the health and wellbeing of your hips. When you practice hip opening poses, pay special attention to the sensations and mobility of your low back. If you find yourself in a position where you cannot move your low back forward into its natural lordotic curve, you are likely placing your back under unnecessary stress. This is different from consciously choosing to round your low back during a hip opener, which may be a very helpful and enjoyable position. #2 Make time for downtime Even though most of us live safer lives than our ancestors, we spend more time with our SNS (sympathetic nervous system) activated. The SNS is the part of our nervous system that ensures our survival (the fight or flight response). It causes us to be alert, watchful, and ready...
Hips feel Stuck?  This might be the reason why…

Hips feel Stuck? This might be the reason why…

Some people walk into their first yoga class, press the soles of their feet together and boom – their knees fall right to the ground for a perfect bound angle pose. Other people practice for decades and still need to sit on something to get their knees to level with their hip bones – the measure for this pose to be safe for your spine. Often, the latter group will ask their teacher “will my hips ever open?”. The answer is, most likely, no. That doesn’t mean you should stop stretching them – but it might change how and why you stretch them. If your hip mobility is limited when you first begin yoga, there is hope of improvement. However, if you’ve been working on it for years or even decades, the problem is most likely the structure of the joint itself. Just as human beings come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so do their bones. The largely ignored consequence of this diversity is that human movement varies greatly from person to person. Your ability to perform many traditional yoga poses is determined more by the shape of your bones than the stretch of your muscles. While there is infinite variety in the human form, there are two main structural differences in the hip joint that inform your ability to perform yoga poses. The first is the size of your femur head & the depth of your acetabulum (hip socket). People with a deeper hip socket tend to have less mobility in their hips because the bones with encounter limitations more quickly. In the photograph below you...
Why I go upside Down Every Day: 10 benefits to practicing yoga inversions

Why I go upside Down Every Day: 10 benefits to practicing yoga inversions

Even if I can’t do a full yoga practice, I try to get upside down every single day for at least a few minutes. An inversion practice can be as simple as a standing forward bend or legs up the wall or as complex as a scorpion handstand. Whatever your strength, energy level, and balance allow, put your heart above your head and reap the many benefits of inverting: Reverse the aging force of gravity Stimulate circulation & lower blood pressure Lower pressure on your spine to reduce neck and back pain Improve posture Strengthen Core Boot brain power & improve mental awareness Calm the mind & relieve stress Enhance relaxation and promote sounder sleep Improve digestion and elimination Elevate mood and combat depression If you’re ready to take your inversion practice to the next level, join me on Saturday June 29th for Inversions Demystified at The Asheville Yoga Center. Inversions Demystified is 2.5 hours of focused attention on the skills it takes to improve your inversions. Come as you are, I specialize in helping beginners and those with fear of inverting as well as more advanced practitioners find their next edge in their inversion...